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Q: Which hazardous materials does Estes not transport?

A: Estes does not haul the following hazardous materials:

  • Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) or batteries connected in series in a steel cabinet
  • Infectious Substances 6.2, including etiological agents with UN numbers UN2900, UN2814, UN3374 or UN3291
  • Explosives (Divisions 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 in any quantity)
  • Explosives (Division 1.5 in quantities requiring placarding)
  • Any quantity of a poison inhalation hazard that's a Hazard Zone A
  • A bulk container (over 119 gallons) of a poison inhalation hazard that’s a Hazard Zone B
  • Packagings over 3,500 gallons (in a single package) of a poison inhalation hazard that is a Hazard Zone C or D
  • Packagings over 3,500 gallons of refrigerated liquid methane, LP gas or other liquefied gas with a methane content of at least 85%
  • Radioactive materials
  • Hazardous waste
  • Nitrocellulose

For questions about hazardous materials, please contact our Safety Department by emailing Safety-Hazmat@estes-express.com, or by calling our corporate offices at (804) 353-1900.

Q: Does Estes comply with HM-232?

A: Yes. HM-232 is a set of Department of Transportation regulations that requires all carriers to have a security plan in place and train all of their employees on hazardous materials security. This is to ensure that hazardous materials are transported in a safe manner and don’t become tools in terrorist plots.

For more information on federal hazmat laws and regulations, contact the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Research and Special Programs Administration at (202) 366-8553 or visit http://hazmat.dot.gov.

Q: Do all drivers have the hazardous materials endorsement?

A: Yes, Estes requires both hazardous materials and tanker endorsements for all drivers.

Q: Does Estes have an HM Safety Permit?

A: No, Estes does not have an HM Safety Permit, which is required for high hazard materials (HHMs). Very few LTL carriers maintain an HM Safety Permit given the high level of liability associated with HHM transport. The FMCSA website lists carriers with HM Safety Permits if you are shipping HHMs.

Q: Does Estes transport hazardous waste?

A: No, we do not transport any hazardous waste.

Q: Are all Estes employees trained on hazardous materials?

A: Yes, regulations require that all employees who handle freight or work in close proximity to it receive training at hire and every three years. Estes exceeds that schedule by training all employees at hire and then every two years. Additional training is supplied as situations and regulations change.

Q: How often does Estes transport hazardous materials?

A: Estes picks up approximately 1500 hazardous materials shipments daily, so we are very experienced in the handling of these materials.

Q: What information is required on my Bill of Lading for hazmat freight?

A: The Bill of Lading for each hazmat shipment must contain the following information: number of packages, type of package, ID number, proper shipping name, hazard class, packing group number (if applicable), weight of the material, an emergency response phone number and a signed shipper’s certification. The proper order for the hazmat description is as follows:

  1. ID number
  2. Proper Shipping Name
  3. Hazard Class
  4. Packing Group (if applicable)

See 49 CFR 172.200-205 on the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration website for full details.

Q: What is an appropriate emergency response number?

A: This is a phone number listed on the BOL that allows emergency responders to get additional information on the hazards associated with a material. See 49CFR172.600-606 on the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration website for full details.

Q: What is a shipper’s certification?

A: The shipper certification is the statement on the BOL that must be signed by the shipper certifying that the materials have been properly classified, described, packaged, marked and labeled for transportation.

Q: How does Estes handle emergency response?

A: Estes utilizes a third party administrator (TPA) to handle all emergency response efforts. This ensures that everything is done safely and that all required documentation is completed to meet all requirements in a uniform manner.

Q: How does Estes ensure accurate hazmat placarding?

A: Estes utilizes a state of the art program that helps us ensure that all hazmat is loaded and placarded safely and according to applicable regulations.

Q: Does Estes handle hazmat for its offshore operations to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico/Caribbean?

A: Yes, our hazmat handling practices and procedures are consistent across our offshore operations.

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